Festaval's are a part of weekend life in Florida...not a bad thing . They're always a bit of fun . This one in Placida was sponsered my the Rotary and was lots of fun . Good seafood was everywhere and lots of craft stalls selling everything from T Shirts to antiques.
I think one of the reasons I enjoy golfing here so much is for the wildlife . I always especially enjoy seeing turtles and we spotted this little guying the late day March sun last week . I think he is a Red-bellied turtle but I might be wrong .
We were so excited to beable to see the Space Shuttle Discovery STS-119 high in the sky over our heads ! We are a good 4 hour drive from the launch pad so it was a real treat that we actually caught is site of it. Last we we drove to Cocoa Beach to see it up close and were disappointed when it was delayed, so this was a special treat. In front of the line of pink smoke we could see what looked like a star , just ahead of it as it trailed upward . Within minutes the smoke disappeared and a snow white cloud appearred. We thought that might have been when they left our atmosphere. Such an amazing thing!!
We love to watch the osprey as we don't see them in Nova Scotia . The Osprey , which is sometimes called the sea Hawk eat fish and build their big nests high in bare trees in plain view. Here's is a picture of one just leavinng their nest.
We played 18 holes here . It's a fabulous . It's a Par 72 with lots of challenge. ( Including the sand trap, with me in it in the picture. For the most part its pretty wide open though. After 2PM twilight rates kick in and you can play 18 for $25.00 including a cart. Hard to beat!
If you see a dark cloud of many birds , maybe hundreds overhead, don't be allarmed they are Tree Swallows . Like many of us they like to winter in Florida.
The picture was taken in our backyard one early January morning.
The great blue heron lives in and around salt and freshwater environments. For me they are always a treat to see. The one in the picture was patiently waiting for dinner at the canal near where we live
We see lots of alligators in Florida. Some of the largest we saw were along the water filled ditches as we drove into Big Cypress Reservation . We were heading to the Swamo Tour but honestly we considered just looking in tne ditches instead.
There are lots of great day trips you can take from here. One of our favorites was the Swamp Tour . Its a whole day but well worth the 6 hour return trip. We went to the Big Cypress Reservation of the Seminole Tribe . It was great . They take you out in an airboat and stop in the swamp and feed the allogators . At one point we were actually surrounded . They have an informative display about Florida snakes as well .There is also a lovely boardwalk nature trail, with a chance to see lots of birds etc. We also took a swamp buggy tour too.
There are tons of golf courses to choose around Englewood and Oyster Creek is one of our favorites .Ten out of the eighteen holes are parallel to water hazards or have a water hazard in front view and as we discovered its best to let your ball stay in the water trap as the alligators love it here!!
The rates are reasonable Spring /summer rates are ( including a cart)18 Holes Riding after 12:00 - $20.00
9 Holes 7am - 3pm - $13.50
I think we were paying $19.00 for 9 holes after 4PM in the winter.
If you tire of looking for fossilized shark's teeth on the beach you can always look for shell's . There so many beautiful shell's , lovely soft pastel colours. I noticed ome people looking for just the white ones , or only mauve....I'm not a huge craft person so I can only imagine what they might use them for . I ended up with a huge back that are still in my garage at home!!!
I think when I return I'll go for getting a really good picture of them that I can frame .
We rented a boat a couple of times and spent the day out on the water. It's a fabulous area to boat in . Lemon Bay is the home of Englewood. The barrier islands of Manasota Key and Knight Island separate the bay from the Gulf of Mexico. The Intracoastal Waterway passes through the center of Lemon Bay. We often saw dolphin , and lots of sea birds of course. We took a picnic , our grand kids and our dog. We could nose the boat right up to little secluded beaches for a swim .Its the stuff memories are made of .
We saw lots of people fishing along the shore. Catches can yield catches of flounder, snook, trout, redfish, snapper, whiting, sheepshead and tarpon. Remember to get a license.
We got a kick out of the heron waiting for the catch!!!
Park fee is $2.00
We love this beach park . It has a mile long white sand beach on a stretch of undeveloped Florida coastline. We take the hiking trail and enjoy seeing many species of wildlife, snowy egrets, least terns, and magnificent frigatebirds. Its wonderful to take a swim in peaceful seclusion!!
8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.
When I first learned people walked the beach in Englewood looking for shark's teeth , I was a little leary. However I learned that these are actually fossilized and millions of years old. Typically a shark have two to three working rows of teeth with 20 to 30 teeth in each row, but e.g. a whale shark have about 300 teeth in each row. The replacement rate has not been measured in most sharks but normally the teeth seem to be replaced every two weeks.
It's great sport!!